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Man facing DUI charges for fatal 5-vehicle crash

A man was accused of drunk driving and causing a fatal crash involving five cars on Sept. 6 in South Carolina. The incident happened around 7:45 p.m. at Sheep Farm Road and Wells Highway in Seneca. Police allege that a 52-year-old man drove through a red light before broadsiding one car and then hitting three other vehicles.

A man in the first vehicle that was struck died at the crash scene. A woman in that same vehicle was transported to Oconee Medical Center where she later died due to neck trauma. Five other people were also injured in the wreck. Officers charged the 52-year-old man with two felony counts of driving under the influence resulting in death.

A woman who reportedly witnessed the crash claims that she saw the man speed by her in his truck on U.S. Highway 123. Police were still investigating the accident as of Sept. 8. The man was detained on $100,000 bail in the Oconee County Detention Center and was ordered to serve 60 days in jail due to two bench warrants that were outstanding. He is scheduled to appear in court in October.

A criminal defense lawyer might be able help motorists facing drunk driving charges by examining the events leading to the arrest. A lawyer could potentially be successful in challenging the credibility of the sobriety tests, probable cause or toxicology results administered to a defendant in some cases. For instance, field sobriety tests may yield inaccurate results since various factors, such as certain medical conditions, can influence how they are interpreted by an officer.

Source: WCSC, "Driver charged with felony DUI in fatal five-car Seneca crash", Haley Bowers, Casey Vaughn and Dal Kalsi, September 08, 2014

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